GOING GREEN

Composting at its best

What is composting?

Compost helps our world so it doesn't get loaded with trash. Garbage doesn't get used like compost does because garbage goes into a big pile called a land fill. If you do not compost, then the food scraps create gases in the land fills causing global warming. The products and benefits of composting include:

1. It helps prevent greenhouse gas and global warming.

2. Compost is a natural fertilizer and will not pollute water like other fertilizers.

3. Compost makes soil very rich and brings nutrients back into the soil.

4. Compost creates a healthier root system and prevents erosion.

The Compost Bin

What do you put in a compost bin?

Things we put in compost bins are green organic matter, brown organic matter, dead and dry plants, air, water, and food scraps.


Green organic matter is high in nitrogen. Six examples of green organic matter:

1. Kitchen scraps

2. Garden debris

3. Grass clippings

4. Manure

5. Weeds

6. Tea bags


Brown organic matter is high in carbon. Six examples of brown organic matter:

1. Fallen leaves

2. Old, dry stems

3. Saw dust

4. Wood chips

5. Pine needles

6. Card board

What not to put in a compost bin

1. Trash

2. Plastic

3. Paper

4. Silverware

5. Bottles

6. Milk Cartons

7. Metal

8. Glass

9. Paper Plates

10. Watering Cans

11. Wood

12. Cheese

13. Oils

14. Pet Droppings

15. Fat

16. Meat

17. Dairy

18. Grease

19. Bones

Water and Temperature changes in compost

The compost will be too dry and will take longer to break down if you do not add water. The consistency should be like a wet sponge.


The compost should start to heat up after about 2 days. The temperature should be 140 degrees.

Decomposers

Decomposers break down the compost. Some of the decomposers are:

1. Worms

2. Fungus

3. Bacteria

4. Tiny Microrganisms

Quick Facts

Facts :

1. If we do not compost, global warming will happen in land fills.

2. Mixing and turning the compost will make it decompose faster.

3. Meat and bones and dairy will take longer to break down and attract flies, which causes the flies to produce maggots. This is what makes the compost stink and take longer to break down.

Follow These Steps And Your Compost Will Be Ready For Your Garden In No Time!